ST. BEDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1609 Elm St, Forest Grove, OR
Sunday School 10.00 to 10.40 am A continuation of the Godly Play Stories about Jesus as He grows up and begins a ministry of healing and telling stories so that the people could understand about the coming of God’s Kingdom and would want to share in the bringing of the Kingdom on earth. Jenny Chapman and I plan to present a session on The Spirituality of our Children at the Adult Forum. Don’t miss it. It will help you to reconnect with your own innate awareness of the sacred.
Adult Forum 9.00 to 9.50 am. We will meet on January 8th to determine how we want to nourish our our spiritual selves and strengthen our determination to share our “gifts” in the world. I have lived a long while during times of joy and expectation and through dark times too. My mother modeled for me in WWll how to take on small tasks (that I could do) within the big picture of bringing about victory and peace, comfort and wholeness. I hope we can share together “What is Ministry?”, “What is needed?”, “How do I share my gifts for the Common Cause?”
Bible Study, Monday 2.00 to 3.30 pm. Study of Judges (differing forms of leadership always under God’s overall loving control) We may be discussing stories about Israel 1100 BCE, but we realize in fact we are discussing the problems we share today.
Deacon Valerie Ivey.
Adult Education 2017
Excerpt from Good Newsletter January 2017
Diocese of Oregon
Diocesan Digest for February 9
Congregation Close-up: St. Bede, Forest Grove
Let me start off by saying a huge "Thank you" to everyone who made this year’s Christmas Project a success. We had many different people participate through present shopping, grocery shopping, wrapping, planning, delivering, financial support. It was awesome to see how many people contributed in so many different ways. We could not have done it without all of your help! Here is a breakdown of the numbers. Last year we supported 3 families and spent $350. This year we supported 6 families, 19 children and bought 5 food baskets for the parents. We spent a total of $1298.16! Awesome job! Can't wait to see what next year brings.
Since this is the end of the calendar year let’s take a look at what 2016 looked like for Outreach. Some of the things we did in 2016 were: buying groceries for a large family at Easter, serving lunches to children through the summer lunch program at local parks, supporting stitchery group with the mission of donating lap quilts to the elderly, feeding homeless families through Family Promise and of course our Christmas Project. We also had a very successful mini auction to help support these vital projects. "Feed the Hungry" has been our theme throughout this year and I think we did a good job of meeting this goal. It is something that will continue on into 2017. We will continue doing some of the same projects but always look for opportunities to expand. We welcome everyone to the Outreach Committee meetings which are the 4th Sunday of every month, unless stated otherwise.
Let's see what 2017 holds for Outreach!
Excerpt from Good Newsletter January 2016
St. Bede is a vibrant mission church located in Forest Grove, a bucolic rural suburb 23 miles due west of downtown Portland. Our members range from students of nearby Pacific University to local families to retirees - we come together to celebrate Jesus’ promise of new life, welcoming all. We gather each Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist, and in smaller groups for Morning and Evening Prayer services throughout the week.
Although we are small, our growing numbers support a surprisingly broad range of well-established ministries. We are a part of well-known local ecumenical causes such as the food bank William Temple House West, Family Bridge (supporting homeless families), The Summer Lunch program, and The Backpack Program (weekend meals for homeless children) to name a few. The long-running St. Bede team Bedes of Sweat has a long history of earning $10,000 annually to benefit the American Cancer Society.
In October 2014, the Bishop's Advisory Committee of St. Bede met with the Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley, Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Oregon, to begin the process of calling a new Vicar. We look forward to sharing our very special community of faith with a leader who can help us continue to grow.
Recognizing and Offering Thanksgiving
for the Ministry of Deacon David Pero
We strive to know Christ more deeply and bring others to his redeeming grace.